The book of Acts begins with a brief, inspiring record of the aftermath of Yahshua’s resurrection. We learn that He appeared to His disciples, alive and well, over a period of forty days, giving many convincing proofs of the astounding miracle, and speaking to them about the Kingdom of Heaven [Acts 1:3]. How thrilling it must have been! I wonder how it affected them. What did they talk about between His visits? How did they imagine life would change for them? Just before His ascension they eagerly asked, “Lord, is this the time when you are going to restore the kingdom to Israel” [Acts 1:6]? Yahshua deflected this [loaded] question with a simple statement that they didn’t need to know [v7]! He immediately continued with some wonderful things He could tell them. Yahshua is comfortable with the ‘need-to-know’ principle, since even He doesn’t know when He will return [Matthew 24:36]!
There are so many things we’d like to know, aren’t there? I imagine Yahweh gets peppered with the ‘why?’ question all the time. He’s not moved by it, though. He has plans in His heart that have stood firm from generation to generation [Psalm 33:11], some of which are laid out clearly in His Word, whilst others are definitely on a ‘need-to-know’ basis. It’s hard when the things we’d like to know directly concern us or our family. Yahshua’s return will be a major event in the history of the world and He will be the central figure yet, apparently, it’s not necessary for Him to know details like the date!
What do you want to know? There are various reasons for Yahweh’s silence. The knowledge may not be good for us, or it may not be profitable for us to know. Perhaps, for some reason, it’s impossible, or maybe improper to tell us. The master plan, however, is in safe hands and we don’t need to fear. Yahweh’s authority is absolute; what He doesn’t choose to tell us, we don’t need to know. He builds His Family on trust, training each of His children to trust a little more every day. We can take Him at His Word. He is looking out for us!